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UK community nurses leaving their 'stressful and heavy workload' jobs

Morale among community nurses in the UK is low and many are leaving the service due to stress and an increased workload. According to The Guardian, a report from a Welsh assembly committee said the changing nature of healthcare, in particular the move to provide more help in the home and the ageing population, made the role of community nurses increasingly important. But it said many community nurses feel they do not get the support they need and some see themselves as the “invisible service”.

The report says while the assembly’s health, social care and sport committee focused on Wales, its findings will resonate across many areas of the UK.

One of the biggest issues raised by nurses in Wales was their inability to access to technology to enable them to do their job effectively. Lisa Turnbull, of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, who gave evidence to the inquiry, said: “Morale is quite low, particularly at the senior levels, in community nursing because of the tremendous pressure they’ve been under and feel that they’ve been under for a long time, and also this feeling of being invisible to the wider service.”

[link url="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/aug/21/nurses-in-wales-leaving-job-due-to-stress-report-says"]The Guardian report[/link]

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